US takes first loss at world ice hockey championships

The US suffered its first defeat at the world ice hockey championships on Tuesday, losing 6-2 against the Finnish team.  It was the first defeat in seven games and dropped the team to second in Group A.  It will now go up against the group’s third team, the Czech Republic, in a quarterfinal match.

The captain of the US team, Patrick Kane, said after the loss, "It’s not a good feeling losing.  It could be good for us to make sure we won’t deal with this again and stay positive. We’re a good team, we’ve had a good tournament to this point."  He added that the Czech team has some good talent and that "it will be a tough game against them."

Finland, who now sits on top of Group B, will face Switzerland in the quarterfinals today.  The Swiss secured their spot after whopping the French 5-1.  France finished fourth in Group A.   

Canada took down Germany 3-0 and secured a third-place spot in Group B.  They will now take on Russia, with the team’s captain, Connor McDavid, stating, "We didn’t leave ourselves in a great spot after the group stage but we’re going to have to play them at some stage."

The championship series got underway on May 4 and will run until May 20.  The US team is being led by Jeff Blashill, head coach of the Detroit Lions for the past three years and coach of the US Men’s National Team for the championships last year.  The US team lost to Finland last year 2-0 in the quarterfinals.  

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